Child & Family Development

The Child and Family Development Program offers a variety of degrees, minors, and certificates to prepare graduates for ever-growing careers working with children and families, including:

Bachelor's degree

► Certificates

► Minors

Master's degree

► Graduate Certificates


Advantages of majoring in Child & Family Development

Practical, Hands-on Training:

One of the things that employers tell us they’re looking for is graduates with hands-on, practical training and experience. Hands-on training is built into the major.

Field experience is provided in several of the required classes, including the capstone internship class. All students graduate with additional credentials, such as minors and certificates, that make our graduates even more desirable to potential employers*.


The CFD major leads to a variety of exciting and in-demand career paths. Graduates of our program work as child/youth advocates, case managers, parent educators, preschool/child care owners or directors, family/youth extension educators, lead preschool teachers, child care licensing specialists, internship/volunteer coordinators, and more. Many go on to graduate programs in counseling, marriage and family therapy, social work, education, child life, or social sciences.

Students considering a degree in Child and Family Development should contact the CFD advisor or program director to learn about the many options for CFD students.

*According to past surveys of area agencies.